During the late 16th and early 17th centuries, a fashion phenomenon swept across Europe known as the "millstone collar" craze. These collars, resembling large, ornate ruffs around the neck, became an iconic symbol of wealth, status, and elegance during that time.
In this blog: how to make a Ruff collar and why :>)
What Were Ruff Collars?
Imagine a collar that wasn't just an accessory but a statement piece. Ruff collars were precisely that – extravagant, layered collars made of fine fabric, often adorned with lace, embroidery, or intricate details. They varied in size, ranging from modest to strikingly oversized, sometimes reaching up to half a meter in diameter.
Why Were They So Popular?
In the 16th and 17th centuries, fashion was a way to showcase one's status and sophistication. Ruff collars became a symbol of affluence and exquisite taste, primarily among the upper classes. Their craftsmanship, intricate designs, and opulence set them apart as exclusive items, coveted for their beauty and the prestige they bestowed upon the wearer.
What Made Them Beautiful?
The allure of ruff collars lay in their exaggerated size and detailed designs. They framed the wearer's neck and face in a regal and imposing manner, exuding a sense of grandeur and sophistication. Their sheer size and complexity made them captivating and visually striking, emphasizing the wearer's elegance and social standing.
Marga van der Vet and the Modern Ruff & Fantasy Collar
Today, Marga van der Vet, known for her work at SewingChanelStyle and MargaStyle, continues the legacy of ruff collars. Crafting these collars by hand, Marga adds a contemporary touch to this historical fashion. Her bespoke approach allows her to personalize these collars, tailoring them to the preferences and desires of her clients while preserving the essence of millstone collars.
Marga's handmade collars pay homage to the opulence of the past while adapting to the tastes of modern fashion. By customizing each piece according to the client's vision, she adds a unique and personal touch to this timeless style, making it accessible and appealing to today's fashion enthusiasts.
The ruff collar frenzy might have faded from its peak, but its legacy lives on through artisans like Marga, keeping alive the elegance and allure of this iconic fashion statement.
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